Defining Business Broadband Options

Speed Increase: DSL vs Cable Coax vs Fiber

When it comes to choosing a business internet provider, one of the first decisions you'll make is what kind of service you need to meet your company's internet usage needs. Today, the top three choices are DSL (typically provided by a local phone company), cable coax (delivered by cable companies), and fiber optic (provided by a variety of organizations).

DSL Business Internet

Phone company DSL, which stands for digital subscriber line, is the oldest of these technologies, and comes in two major forms: symmetric and asymmetric (most popular). A symmetric DSL connection offers equal speeds for downloads and uploads, while asymmetric connections offer faster download speeds than upload speeds. DSL internet service is delivered through copper wire used for existing telephone lines.

While DSL connections are quite reliable, the available speeds are usually the slowest of these three options. You'll also want to keep in mind that the farther your office is located from the main line, the slower your connection will be-and if your office is too far away, DSL may not be available at all.

If internet service is not critical to your day-to-day business operations, but instead supports business functions, DSL may be a good choice, since the costs are usually lower than other options.

Fastest Current Downloads - Up to 100 Mbps Fastest Current Uploads -  Up to 10 Mbps depending on the distance to the provider.

Cable Coax Business Internet

Cable companies provide internet service through the same coaxial (usually referred to as coax) cables used to carry cable TV signals. With a cable internet connection, you'll get asymmetric speeds; and upload speeds are typically lower than download speeds.

Key Internet Service Considerations

The two best choices for internet service in hospitals and healthcare organizations are cable internet service and fiber optics networks. At the end of the day, it comes down to the bandwidth you need to support your organization today and tomorrow.

For smaller healthcare organizations like urgent care centers or PCP satellite offices, cable internet service may be sufficient to meet your bandwidth requirements. However, while cable Internet speeds have increased to up to 500 Mbps download or even up to 1 Gbps, cable internet speeds are generally slower than fiber speeds particularly on the upload speeds, and may not scale to meet your needs a few years down the line.

Many companies use cable connections for their business broadband service. The biggest drawback? Speed fluctuation. Although cable internet service is very reliable, the connections are usually shared among a number of both residential and business subscribers, so if there is a large number of users in a cable region all using the internet at the same time, all their speeds can vary with the advertised speeds. Generally residential subscribers are using the internet more heavily on nights and weekends with business subscribers using the services during the work day.

Cable internet is also widely available, so your business shouldn't have trouble getting connected. Most business internet providers offer more than one speed and pricing option, so this is an affordable option for nearly every company.

Fastest Current Downloads - 500 Mbps Fastest Current Uploads - 50 Mbps

Fiber Optic Internet

Fiber optic cables are clusters of transparent glass fibers, each about the same diameter as a human hair. Fiber optic cables convert electrical signals carrying data to light-and since light travels very fast, it results in speedy internet service.

Compared with the other two options, fiber optic internet speeds are much faster. However, the cost of fiber vs. coax cable is typically much higher, particularly if a connection must be installed for your location. Once installed, the pricing becomes more competitive with cable internet depending if dedicated internet access, a more costly option, is needed. Like cable internet service, business internet providers offering fiber internet service usually have multiple plans to choose from, with varying pricing and speeds.

Unlike the other two options, fiber is generally immune to interference from high-voltage electrical equipment or lightning because the glass fibers don't generate electricity-resulting in an extremely reliable connection. The biggest drawback to a fiber optic internet connection? Availability. Since fiber is still relatively new, many areas have not yet upgraded to a fiber infrastructure. However, if it's available in your area, and internet service is critical to your business operations, fiber is a solid choice with speeds up to 10 Gbps with symmetrical upload/download speeds generally available.

Fastest Current Downloads - 10 Gbps Fastest Current Uploads - 10 Gbps

Comparing Business Internet Plans

All business internet providers are not equal. When you compare business internet plans, you'll probably find an overwhelming number of speeds, plans, and pricing-so you'll need to know what speeds you need to run your business, as well as what you can afford. Take a look at the table below to see Cable ONE Business Internet options compared with competitors (these do not include Fiber Options from Cable ONE Business or other Providers).

Provider Speed Monthly Fee*
Cable ONE Business1 Up to 50 Mbps $60.00
Cable ONE Business1 Up to 100 Mbps $104.00
Cable ONE Business1 Up to 200 Mbps $240.00
Cable ONE Business1  
Up to 500 Mbps $400.00
AT&T2 Up to 12 Mbps $70.00
AT&T2 Up to 18 Mbps $80.00
AT&T2 Up to 24 Mbps $90.00
CenturyLink3 Up to 10 Mbps $54.99
CenturyLink3 Up to 20 Mbps $64.99
CenturyLink3 Up to 40 Mbps $84.99
CenturyLink3 Up to 100 Mbps $154.99
Frontier4 Up to 30 Mbps $34.99

* Provider pricing data as of August 11, 2016.

Why Choose Cable ONE Business?

Cable ONE Business strives to be both a business internet provider and a partner-serving your business and meeting your needs as you grow. Our business broadband plans are scalable and customizable so that you can get the internet speeds you need at a price that's right for your company-both today and tomorrow. Our super-reliable, state-of-the-art network gives you alternatives to the phone company or local cable provider and our 24/7 business-grade support services are always there to help keep you up and running. Give us a call for a complimentary consultation and quote with a Business Adviser at 555-555-5555.


1. based on 3-year contract term when bundled with any Business Phone plan(s)